Best Practices to Improve Home Network Speeds

Best Practices to improve network speed:

Router Placement

  • The easiest way to improve your network speed is to be close the wireless router.
  • For the best and most stable connection, connect to router with network cable

Wireless Band: 2.4Ghz vs. 5Ghz

Many recent routers have two wireless bands, 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz

  • 2.4Ghz has a longer range but is subject to more interference.
  • 5Ghz has higher speeds but shorter range.

Try switching bands to see if network performance

Long Term Improvement:

Upgrade Router

https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-wireless-routers

Upgrade Internet

Many internet providers offer different tiers with higher speeds.

 

Video Conferences (optimizing for a low bandwidth connection)

  • Plug the computer(s) that you are using into a network cable connected to the router.
  • Turn off your video
  • Mute your audio
  • Avoid other applications that use bandwidth. (including other computers/systems in the same home network)
    • Cloud Backups
    • Uploads/Downloads
    • Streaming Videos
    • Cloud Storage Syncing

Checking your Network  Speed

https://www.speedtest.net/

References:

https://broadbandnow.com/guides/optimize-wifi-network-faster-speeds

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/504370/8-tips-setting-strong-home-network

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux#bandwidth

https://www.speedtest.net/